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Eagles Cap Space: Latest update after busy week

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 15, 2019 - 9:33 am

Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman is hard at work already in free agency, making multiple moves on the first day. 

According to OvertheCap.com, the Eagles had around $171 million in salary cap hits entering the day on Monday for their top 51 players for the 2019 season. Using a salary cap of $194 million, the Eagles would have entered the legal tampering period with around $23 million to spend.  

Here is an updated estimate at where the team stands after the flurry of moves they made this past week: 

Malik Jackson: The first big move of free agency is reportedly here, as the Eagles have reportedly signed defensive tackle Malik Jackson to a three-year, $30 million deal for an average of $10 million per season. According to an NBC Sports Philadelphia report, the cap hit for Jackson will be $2.8 million.  

DeSean Jackson: The other big move the Eagles made was bringing in receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson comes from Tampa Bay with a cap hit of $10 million. According to multiple reports, however, the Eagles agreed with Jackson on a new three-year contract. Although the contract has an average value of just over $9 million, it is unlikely that will be Jackson's hit for 2019. A good guess is Jackson's cap hit for 2019 is going to be somewhere around $5 million. 

Jason Peters: One of the biggest questions this offseason facing the Eagles was what to do with left tackle Jason Peters. We got our answer on Monday when Peters agreed to a new, one-year deal with the team. The deal reportedly included $5.5 million in guarantees, with the chance to go up to $10 million with incentives. According to ESPN, Peters will count $8.6 million against the cap.  

L.J. Fort: The Eagles' newest linebacker reportedly (Per NBC Sports Philadelphia) got a contract with a base salary of $1.025 million in 2019. That number will be slightly higher because of his $875,000 signing bonus, so a good number to estimate for Fort should be around $1.5 million. 

Chris Long, Nigel Bradham: According to ESPN, the Eagles have created $5.03 million in cap space by restructering the contracts of both defensive end Chris Long and linebacker Nigel Bradham. How the deals are structered remains to be seen, but the moves seem pretty straight forward, and the give the Eagles $5 million more to spend. 

Ronald Darby: The Eagles announced a one-year deal for cornerback Ronald Darby on Friday, and according to NFL Network, the deal is worth $8.5 million. Unless there is a second-year in there somehow, or the contract includes some incentives that would take it up to $8.5 million, all of that $8.5 million is going to be on the Eagles' cap in 2019 -- a significant portion of their remaining money. 

Other moves: Two other moves the Eagles made that essentially cancelled each other out were letting offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski walk and placing a second-round tender on backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Wisniewski leaving opens up roughly $3 million in salary cap space for the Eagles, which is right around what Sudfeld’s new salary for 2019 should be. 

Overall: If the Eagles were indeed at around $23 million in space entering Monday, they should be right around $11 million right now.  

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